Tennessee appears to have their man, per Dan Wolken of USA today. It’s Greg Schiano.
Tennessee is finalizing the deal with Schiano. Hopes to name him later today, per person with direct knowledge.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 26, 2017
Schiano is the current defensive coordinator at Ohio State. He brought Rutgers to prominence in the mid 2000s, before taking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers job. Schiano went 68-67 during his time at Rutgers. He went 7-9 and 4-12 in just two seasons in Tampa Bay.
Schiano served as the defensive coordinator at Miami in 1999 before landing at Rutgers. To his credit, Schiano built a winning program at Rutgers. However, questions will be asked about his involvement with the Penn State scandal.
Wolken reported that the Tennessee search had moved on and focused on Schiano this morning.
https://t.co/OonNAswvS8 can confirm @DanWolken report: Tennessee is "close" with Greg Schiano to become its next head coach but deal is not done. https://t.co/FU6xjxbsN9 pic.twitter.com/SuGEYJGWpI— Jesse Simonton (@JesseReSimonton) November 26, 2017
I'm told there is extensive talks between #Tennessee & Greg Schiano about making him the Vols new HC, per source. Some details about potential transition are also being discussed (re: Urban Meyer wants Schiano part of the BigTen Title Game)— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 26, 2017
Brice calls this a worst case scenario...
To reiterate, multiple UTAD employees have told me this was a last-case/worst-case scenario. Can't repeat what employees are telling me, but NEVER have gotten this many texts of vaporized morale. All-time low on heels of all-time worst season. https://t.co/XY2yaWRRcM— John Brice (@JohnDBrice1) November 26, 2017
UPDATE: Thamel says that Currie is in Columbus to finalize the deal.
Sources: John Currie is in Columbus finalizing deal to make Greg Schiano next Tennessee coach. Announcement coming tonight. https://t.co/qHKcbWcgF3— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) November 26, 2017
UPDATE: Talks have stalled, per John Brice.
Am told meetings n Columbus have stalled & that as of now “nothing is signed.” Will update as I can. Schiano does have some strong supporters & turned down, per someone I trust greatly, Oregon & Minnesota, among others. But love seeing fans stand for beliefs. Enough is enough.— John Brice (@JohnDBrice1) November 26, 2017
UPDATE: Greg Schiano will NOT be Tennessee’s next head coach, per rivals.